My Dad called me today from the beautiful environs of Green Bay Wis. Thought I would share with you what he saw at the Packers practice today. Remember this information is second hand but the source was a football coach for 23 years so take it for what it's worth. There that's my disclaimer.
First thing is the impression new D coordinator Jim Bates had on him. A few days ago while watching the rookies run through the D, Bates gave the instructions to the rook's and had them run the first drill. Afterwards the rook's were non-chalantly trotting back to their positions when Bates went ballistic on them. The crowd gave the biggest cheer of the day to Bates for getting on them for lack of hustle. Dad loves the guy.
Cletidus Hunt is a slacker; Bates was teaching a new technique in a two on one drill and using Hunt as the demonstrator. When run at full speed Hunt wrestled around with the O-linemen and made no penetration, and did not follow Bates instruction. When his turn came around again he ran the drill properly and exploded through quite impressively. Dad wondered aloud if they could count on this guy for one play out of four and the consensus by all within ear-shot was NO.
Larry Beightol was the topic of the day when a casual acquaintance commented on how it would be tough to replace Brett but in comparison Beightol might be just as important. All agreed as the O-line got ready to practice. Brad Bedell stood out during the drills and Dad really likes Atlas Herrion. He calls him a specimen and a real worker Larry McCarren agrees that Herrion may be the sleeper. Serious doubts about Morley making the team.
Robert Ferguson put a double move on rookie Patrick Dendy and left him 10 yards in the dust. The crowd oohed and aahed. The Donald (Driver) had a light moment with my Dad as he came over to the fence after one play. Pop's yelled for Donald to say hi and Donald turned around and said "say what". Dad explained that he would be calling his two sons later for the daily report, Kyle in Madison and Tony in Maryland. Donald smiled and yelled out Hi Tony Hi Kyle, the crowd whooped.
It's hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff in the secondary because there is just so many but Joey Thomas made a great impression today as he blanketed Driver all over the field with limited hand checking. Good News That.
I'm heading to Latrobe PA Saturday with one of my buds from the Sunday Mens Club. He's from Pittsburgh and a diehard Steeler fan. The practice is at 12:15 but I don't have wireless so that will be posted Saturday night. Westminster MD Sunday for the Ravens to check out ESK's classmate and wanna be Raven Matt Katula. No Raven fans in the Mens Club so I'll be solo.